Following the increase in cases of coronavirus infections, Magen David Adom (MDA) reported an increase of hundreds of percent in calls to its 101 hotline over the weekend.
Since the outbreak of the virus, MDA has carried out almost half a million coronavirus tests.
The 300% increase in calls to MDA 101 hotline received were reflective of the large number of confirmed patients, as well as of public concern and the need for medical advice. On Friday, the MDA hotline fielded 19,611 calls - more than three times the number received on Fridays in May. On Saturday, the hotline fielded 13,048 calls.
MDA emphasized that if an individual is showing symptoms of coronavirus, the health fund should be contacted.
According to MDA data, 143,268 tests were conducted in peoples' homes and in the schools, while 188,728 were conducted on residents and staff at long-term care facilities and nursing homes.
An additional 142,038 tests were performed at MDA's Drive and Test facilities. In addition, MDA operates additional Drive and Test facilities throughout Israel, on an as-needed basis. Testing at these facilities requires a referral from the patient's primary care physician.
Along with testing hundreds of thousands for coronavirus, MDA's blood bank continues to collect plasma from recovered coronavirus patients, for the purpose of treating of severely ill patients and for the production of a passive vaccine (immunoglobulins). To date, 1,314 of those who recovered from coronavirus have donated plasma, allowing for the preparation of 4,000 doses of immunoglobulin, to treat 164 of the most severe and moderate cases.